The Black Alley Band literally brought the house down! The Go-Go Swing: Washington DC's Unstoppable Beat exhibit opening night party was shut down early because part of the ceiling collapsed during the Black Alley performance.
DC Fire and emergency personnel were on the scene almost immediately after the incident, and at this writing, no serious injuries are being reported.
The Go-Go Swing exhibit is presented by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and curated by Zoma Wallace. The exhibition uses fine art, memorabilia, and interactive media to document the stories of DC's signature sound.
Notable pieces include one of Chuck Brown's Gibson guitars, on loan from the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum; and a collection of PA cassette tapes from PA Palace, the first retailer to begin distributing go-go music.
Tonight's event brought together members of the go-go industry, representatives from the local art community, and numerous DC Government officials. Mayor Vince Gray attended the exhibit and took time to chat with many of his constituents.